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Whale watching season at Bunkers Beach House

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Whale watching season at Bunkers Beach House

It's whale watching season in Bunker Bay, with humpback whales resting in the calm waters. Look out for them passing by from our deck at Bunkers Beach House - definitely what you'd call ‘lunch with a view’!

Approximately 35,000 whales migrate yearly from the Antarctic to our warmer waters. The Margaret River region has a long whale watching season, spanning June to early December, starting in Flinders Bay in Augusta from June to August, where humpback whales and southern right whales can be spotted. The southern right whales often calve in Flinders Bay and the humpback whales play, before they continue their journey north.

There is a visible difference between these two types of whales. The southern right whales have a bow-shaped lower jaw and are grey in colour, while the humpback whale is black or grey with a white underbelly. Humpbacks are generally more playful.

The female humpbacks calve further north and can rest and nurse their young in Geographe Bay (the calm waters between Busselton and Bunker Bay) on their way back south. They can be spotted with their young in the calm waters of Bunker Bay from September to early December.


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